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BBQ today benefits Fun Unity Night effort
Cook Nick McLain is getting ready to serve up BBQ today at the Southside Christian Church, 314 Locust Ave. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The Rev. Quincy McClain and the Southside Christian Church are again offering a summer event to reach out to help change the lives of hundreds of youth who live in what is one of Manteca’s most notorious at-risk neighborhoods for gang influences – Southside.

They are doing it one kid at a time through the Friday Unity Night in the Neighborhood taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the Southside Christian Church, 314 Locust Ave. for 6 to 17 year olds on Friday nights in June, July, and August.

The initial year saw as many as 100 kids a week show up for free pizza as well as fruits and vegetables and to play basketball, volleyball, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, playing bounce houses and enjoy Disney music. The city allows the paved alley behind the church to be barricaded to accommodate the event.

The effort is being  financed this year with a BBQ fundraiser today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The BBQ will offer ribs, chicken, and links as well as sides such as baked beans, and peach cobbler with prices ranging from $2 to $5.Dinner combos are also available for between $15 and $30.

For more information go to or call 275-2153.